Full-time internship: Legal Research

Legal Research Internship

Duration: six (6) months (1 December 2018 – 31 May 2019).
Deadline for applications: 3 November 2018, 5:00 pm Central European Time.


This is an exciting internship with ILGA, the world association of more than 1,300 LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex) members organisations. The intern will assist ILGA’s Senior Research Officer, with a focus on the State-Sponsored Homophobia report. It is an excellent opportunity for anyone in the initial stage of their career with an interest in research, human rights and SOGIESC issues and wants to gain working experience.

This is a virtual internship. The intern can be based anywhere in the world with good internet connection. The exact working hours and dates can be flexible, but a candidate should be available to work full-time (37.5 hours/week).

Main tasks

  • Assisting ILGA’s Senior Research Officer in conducting desktop research on legal issues regarding human rights and sexual orientation, especially for the production of the State-Sponsored Homophobia report.
  • Conducting desktop research on other issues related to SOGIESC relevant to ILGA’s research program;
  • Preparing and drafting background notes and briefs;
  • Assisting ILGA’s Senior Research Office in editing and proofreading research products;
  • Managing, organizing and maintaining an internal database;
  • Convening and moderating meetings with contributors, translators, designers and other partners, and following up on their work with ILGA;
  • Carrying out organizational and administrative tasks to support research needs.


Main requirements

  • Strong research skills on legal issues related to SOGIESC and human rights;
  • Ability to independently conduct complex legal issues and present research findings in an organized and methodical manner. High level of attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Awareness of the cultural nuances and community developments in language and concepts relating to sexual orientation and around gender issues;
  • Experience in activism with regard to SOGIESC issues;
  • Proficiency in handling substantial amounts of research of data. Organised and methodical data management, updating and storage;
  • Basic knowledge of citation methods;
  • Competency in working with partners: building and nurturing key relationships;
  • Fluency in English, both written and oral. Fluency in Spanish and French are also highly desirable. Other languages, especially UN languages, are an asset;
  • Good internet connection during the internship.

Preferably also

  • Previous experience in paid or non-paid legal research work;
  • Knowledge of international human rights law;
  • Previous experience using reference management software (e.g. Mendeley);
  • Participation or authorship in one or more legal publications, preferably on SOGIESC issues;
  • A degree in a relevant field.

 Full-time internship opportunity at ILGA on Legal Research


Internship conditions

  • This is a virtual internship;
  • The intern will be responsible for their internet connection during the duration of the internship;
  • The intern will be expected to work from their current location;
  • The intern will receive a stipend of CHF 500 per month for the duration of the internship.
  • Due recognition in publications and activities which the intern has contributed to.


How to apply

  • Candidates meeting the requirements are invited to complete the application package, which should be sent in PDF format via email to research@ilga.org.
  • The subject of your email should include: “Legal Research Internship” followed by your full name. 
  • Please note that only applications on the application pack (available on the ILGA website) are accepted. Do not attach a CV, pictures or any additional documents, as they will not be considered.


Selection process

  • Stage 1. Application. Candidates should submit their application package before the deadline (3 November 2018, 5:00 pm Central European Summer Time). Please submit the application package ONLY. No other documents, pictures or files will be considered.
  • Stage 2. Shortlisting. We expect to communicate our decision to shortlist candidates on 12 November 2018. Only the selected applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application at that time. If you have not been contacted by 13 November 2018, you have not been selected for the position. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to queries about this internship.
  • Stage 3. Written task. Upon notification, shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a written task and to deliver it by 18 November 2018. Results of the assessment of the written task will be delivered to the candidates by 22 November 2018.
  • Stage 4. Interviews. Interviews will take place on 26 November 2018.
  • Stage 5. References. Referees will be contacted after the interviews.
  • Final decision: We expect to make the final decision by 28 November 2018.


Download the application pack

Closing date for receipt of applications by email to research@ilga.org
5.00 p.m. Saturday 3 November 2018 (Central European Summer Time)

Please note that only applications on the application form – available on the ILGA website – are accepted.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted and that we are unable to offer individual feedback.


ILGA is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

It aims to ensure that all full-time and part-time employees, potential employees and other individuals receive equal treatment (including access to employment, training and opportunities for promotion) regardless of any personal attribute, including but not limited to colour, nationality, national or ethnic origin, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex characteristics, domestic circumstances, marital status, health status, HIV status, bodily diversity, pregnancy, trade union membership, gender reassignment, religion or belief, age and disability. ILGA promotes gender and equality mainstreaming. Hence it actively promotes equality in all policies and actions.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. If more than one applicant is considered to be equally qualified for the position, priority will be given to applicants coming from marginalised and/or underrepresented groups.


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